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Monthly Archives: February 2012

App Platforms to Require Privacy Policies

Posted in Internet, Privacy, Technology
Yesterday, it was announced that the California Attorney General has reached an agreement with the “big six” of mobile app platforms (Amazon, Apple, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft and Research in Motion) providing that the companies will require mobile apps that collect personal information to have written privacy policies.  In announcing the agreement, the AG’s office cited … Continue Reading

Survey Indicates Decreased Vigilance Among News Organizations in Enforcing State and Federal Freedom of Information Laws

Posted in First Amendment
In late 2011, the Media Law Resource Center (MLRC) and National Freedom of Information Coalition (NFOIC) published a survey of media lawyers and NFOIC member coalitions regarding trends in enforcement of and government official compliance with freedom of information (FOI) laws. The majority of respondents reported some positive trends, such as increased vigilance from citizens … Continue Reading

Is Your Trademark “License” an Unintended Franchise Agreement?

Posted in Franchise, Trademark
All too often, trademark licensors offer the use of their mark along with other intangibles without considering if the trademark license is actually an “unintended” offer of a sale of a franchise.  Such action can be highly problematic because the offer and sale of franchises in the United States is highly regulated under both federal … Continue Reading

NLRB Report on Social Media Policies

Posted in Internet
It is now commonplace for employers to adopt social media policies pertaining to its employees.  These policies can help avoid disputes after an employee departs and help set standards to protect a company’s public relations.  For example, a federal district court in Pennsylvania is currently presented with a dispute between a company and its former … Continue Reading

The Trials and Tribulations of Navigating Federal Privacy Law in the Internet Age

Posted in Internet, Privacy
Netflix made headlines this week when it asked the U.S. Congress to change the Video Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (VPPA) so that Netflix can offer a Facebook app to consumers in the United States.  The app, introduced by Netflix outside the U.S.  last year, gives Facebook users movie recommendations based on the viewing habits … Continue Reading